"Bring me more like THAT one!"
--Designated Pilot Examiner
Flight Instructor (CFIG) Training
The quotation above was the entire debriefing of the recommending instructor after this DPE completed testing his first CFIG applicant from Soar the Sierra LLC.
What could we say? We sent him another CFIG applicant a short time later, and received the same debriefing that time, too.
This was no accident. At Soar the Sierra we specialize in teaching the next generation of teachers; this is really our core mission. Yes, we gladly accept students starting from the ground up, and we are delighted to train pilots of all experience levels to safely and efficiently fly long cross-country flights--but we also know that very few soaring operations are geared to turn out fully qualified, truly superior flight instructors, and we have dedicated ourselves to this end.
We will not only teach you to pass with flying colors the practical test for CFIG, but we will provide you with the background to knowledgeably explain the aerodynamics and meteorology essential for getting the most out of today's sailplanes; we will teach you to address the many different learning styles and individual aptitudes of the students you will mentor; we will teach you to navigate around the pitfalls that always seem to appear in any instructor's path. How do you read a student's logbook, without missing the "red flags" hidden in them? How do you avoid "negative training" when introducing transition students to the sailplane's drag devices? How do you explain the many uses of camber-changing flaps? How do you assess students' progress in time to catch problem areas before they become significant? With decades of glider flight instruction behind us, we can help you with each of these things, and many more.
Whether you are considering your initial CFI certification, thinking about adding a Glider rating to your existing CFI certificate, or just want to become a better instructor, let us help you accomplish your goals.